Browsing: Chamber Music

Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, revealed today the details of the 14th concert season since the opening of Koerner Hall in 2009. Two Gala Concerts  Jan Lisiecki with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in October “Rhapsody and the Blues” with Jens Lindemann, Jon Kimura Parker, and the Yamaha All Star Big Band in February Special event to Commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day  featuring Tomson Highway, Rebecca Cuddy, Sarain Fox, and more Jazz series pays homage…

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Virtuosa Alexa Raine-Wright, flute; Sallynee Amawat, violin; Andrea Stewart, violoncello; Rona Nadler, harpsichord Leaf Music, 2022 In 2017, Infusion Baroque released the Virtuosa Series, a collection of videos highlighting the musical careers of fourteen women from the 18th and 19th centuries. Still infused with the desire to emphasize female composers’ accomplishments in the face of sexism, Infusion Baroque have released their new album Virtuosa. The 14 works on the album, derived from six different female composers, display the ensemble’s tonal flexibility: in their performance of Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 they contrast the instruments to instill…

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Carolo: Space Time Continuo Amanda Keesmaat, 5-stringed bass violin and musical director; Andrea Stewart, Elinor Frey and Margaret Little, violas da gamba; Antoine Malette-Chénier, triple harp; Christophe Gauthier and Dorothéa Ventura, organ and cello; François Viault, Karim Nasr and Mathieu Lussier, bassoons; Sylvain Bergeron, archlute Leaf Music, 2022 Amanda Keesmat, artistic director of the Space Time Continuo ensemble, admits that it was no piece of cake to get this album done, yet the end result is nothing short of marvelous. Overshadowed by the health regulations ensuing from the pandemic, the recording session at Concordia University’s Oscar Peterson Concert Hall had…

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Beethoven: Complete Music for Cello and Piano Robert DeMaine, cello, Peter Takács, piano Leaf Music, 2022 In a comprehensive list of works written for cello and piano, which would amount to numerous opus numbers, Beethoven’s contributions are slim indeed, at least in numbers. Yet each piece he wrote for that format is worth its weight in gold. The wealth of ideas is so substantial in this facet of his oeuvre that it warrants rediscovery at every listen. So rich in invention are these works that their impact is greater than hundreds written by lesser talents. In this recently issued twin-CD…

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The Ladies’ Morning Musical Club is pleased to announce the 2022-23 season. The 131st season will begin on September 11th, 2022, featuring acclaimed English pianist Christian Blackshaw. The 131st season will consist of the following dates and artists: September 11, 2022: Christian Blackshaw, piano October 2, 2022: Los Angeles Piano Trio, piano trio October 23, 2022: Talich Quartet, string quartet November 13, 2022: Rachel Barton Pine, violin December 4, 2022: Calidore String Quartet, string quartet February 12, 2023: Lukas Geniušas, piano March 5, 2023: Alban Gerhardt, cello March 26, 2023: Elias String Quartet, string quartet April 16, 2023: James Ehnes,…

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Cellist Elinor Frey lives and breathes music. So much so that this bold and industrious performer long ago stopped counting the hours she spent at fulfilling her childhood dreams. While classical musicians vie for secure postings in symphony orchestras, Frey is constantly on the move—be it on stage, in the classroom or in some academic library. Her activities on all those fronts enable her to pursue new projects all the time, some involving an element of risk. But it would be much riskier for her to just sit back, take it easy and ride on her successes. Just Out on…

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Galileo presents two concerts Galileo has been based in Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent, southwest of Montreal, since its establishment in October 2010. Comprising 15 to 35 instrumentalists, this chamber orchestra bills itself as the only Canadian orchestra specializing in historically informed performance of symphonic repertoire from approximately 1730 to 1930. On April 19, at  Saint-Michel Catholic Church in Vaudreuil-Dorion, the orchestra presents its first concert under the direction of Daniel Constantineau with a program resolutely turned towards modernity: Beethoven’s Great Fugue, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Webern’s Fünf Sätze (Five Movements) and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 2. On June 3, at  the Nativity Catholic Church…

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La Scena Musicale is shocked and saddened to learn of Boris Brott’s senseless death by hit and run in Hamilton, Ontario on the morning of April 5, 2022. Boris has been featured in the pages of La Scena Musicale several times. As a tribute, below are some of the featured articles. Boris was also an LSM Ambassador every year, and we thank him for his support. Boris also wrote a tribute to his mother Lotte Brott, which we are publishing in three parts in La Scena Musicale: Part I: Lotte Brott – A Tribute (La Scena Musicale, Feb/Mar 2022) Part II: Lotte…

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George Frideric Handel: MessiahEnsemble Caprice, Ensemble Vocal Arts-Québec; Matthias Maute, conductor; Karina Gauvin, sopranoLeaf Music, 2021 The new recording by Ensemble Caprice jointly with the Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec, under the direction of Matthias Maute, was released on the Leaf Music label. A work by Jaap Nico Hamburger to start, one by Matthias Maute himself to conclude and, as a main course, several excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. The voice and voluptuous timbre of Karina Gauvin are first highlighted in Rejoice greatly, a piece full of lyricism and virtuosity. It is with these same assets that the singer then approaches I know…

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Mystic Giorgia Fumanti, soprano Velenosi entertainment VEGA2CD-2942 Release: Aug. 20 Giorgia Fumanti has established herself as one of the top female classical crossover singers in the world, having performed in five continents and in some of the most prestigious and iconic venues. Fumanti’s 12th album, Mystic, is a follow-up to her No. 1 best-selling album Amour and her No. 3 best-selling album Aimons-Nous on Canada’s ADISQ charts. (Her albums have also appeared on Billboard’s Crossover Chart.) This collection includes classical hits by Ravel (Bolero), Verdi (“Va, Pensiero”), Puccini (“Nessun Dorma”), Orff  (“O Fortuna”) Albinoni (Adagio), Piazzolla (Libertango), Gino Vannelli, Michel…

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